Uruguay Decrees State of National Emergency for Gender-based Violence

According to the Uruguayan Women's Coordination, in 2019 alone, 35 women were murdered by their partners or ex-partners. Uruguay is among the countries that kill women the most.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Uruguayan President Tabaré Vázquez has decreed a state of national emergency on the basis of feminicide statistics and launched a series of public policies and measures to combat this type of crime in the country.

Juan Andrés Roballo, the undersecretary of the presidency, said the measures are within the framework of the Comprehensive Gender Law and include expanding the electronic anklets program, online courses to prevent sexual abuse and intervention programs in prisons for men who have committed some gender-based violence, among others.

The announcement comes after three women were killed on Christmas . . .

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